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Rakuten Mobile forms JV with Japanese power firm Tepco

Rakuten Mobile holds a 51% interest in Rakuten Mobile Infrastructure Solutions, while Tepco owns the remainder Japanese operator Rakuten Mobile has established a joint venture company with Tokyo Electric Power Grid (Tepco), with the aim of deploying base stations on the power company’s network assets. The...

Telefonica’s 5G network reaches 82% of Spanish population

Telefonica provides 5G coverage to 38 million people in 1,431 towns and cities across Spain Spanish telecom operator Telefonica’s 5G network currently covers 82% of the Spanish population, the telco said in a release. The operator said its 5G network provides coverage to 38 million people...

Canada sets rules for future 3.8 GHz spectrum auction

The Government of Canada expects to award spectrum in the 3.8 GHz band to boost 5G services during 2023 The government of Canada has set rules for its auction of 3.8 GHz spectrum, which is expected to happen in 2023. François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation,...

China’s telecom sector revenues reach almost $100bn in Jan-May

China ended May with a total of 899.3 million subscribers in the 5G segment China's telecommunication industry recorded revenues of CNY 665 billion ($99.46 billion) in the first five months of the year, up 8.5% compared to the same period the previous year, local news...

Nokia wins contract to upgrade and expand Ice’s 5G network

Ice currently has over 700,000 customers and its 4G and 5G network covers 95% of the population in Norway Nokia announced that it has secured a five-year contract with Norwegian mobile operator Ice to upgrade and expand its 5G radio network infrastructure nationwide. In a release,...

Virgin Media O2 claims lead in small cell deployments in the UK

Virgin Media O2 launched services in June 2021 as a joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica in the U.K. U.K. carrier Virgin Media O2 said it installed more than 1,300 small cells across London, claiming the largest deployment of any major operator in the...

Hong Kong carriers set to activate 5G base stations in the 700MHz band

Hong Kong operators have secured 700MHz frequencies in a spectrum auction last year Mobile operators in Hong Kong are set to gradually activate their mobile base stations in the 700 MHz band to provide 5G services, the Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA)...

T-Mobile US expands home internet service in five states

 T-Mobile US says it has expanded its 5G Home Internet service availability to nearly five million more potential customers in five states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. This additional coverage includes 81 cities and towns, the carrier said, including: -In Colorado: Boulder,...

Verizon unveils connected police cruiser prototype

The police vehicle leverages the carrier's mmWave and C-Band network At Wednesday’s 2022 National Sheriffs’ Association annual conference, Verizon Frontline unveiled a “reimagined,” connected police cruiser. The prototype, called the Mobile Utility Technology Transport (MUTT), leverages the carrier’s mmWave and C-Band 5G network and several...

BT asks for more time to remove Huawei equipment from its core network

The ban originally stipulated that telecoms operators in the UK had until January 28, 2023 to remove all Huawei equipment from the most sensitive core networks U.K. carrier BT has requested an extension to the U.K. government’s deadline for removing Huawei equipment from its core...

AWS expands presence in the Nordic, Baltic regions via new Tele2 deal

As part of the collaboration, Tele2 now joins the AWS Partner Network (APN) Nordic operator Tele2 announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance the cloud services and cloud management portfolio that it offers to its customers, the former said in a release. Under...

Verizon delivers enhanced connectivity to 64 Native American reservations

Verizon exec: Reliable connectivity is a 'fundamental right for all students' As part of its broader mission to expand digital access and resources to promote digital equity and inclusion, Verizon announced that is providing advanced connectivity solutions to approximately 80 Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)...

China ships 17.7 million 5G phones in May, up 6% y-o-y

China ended May with a total of 899.3 million subscribers in the 5G segment Shipments of 5G mobile phones in China increased by 6% year-on-year to nearly 17.74 million units in May, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported, citing data from the China Academy of...

‘The physics of fixed wireless cannot serve the demand’: AT&T’s Jeff McElfresh on the case against leading with FWA

AT&T is playing the long game as it looks at its infrastructure investments, says Jeff McElfresh, COO of AT&T—and that doesn't include leading with Fixed Wireless Access as its go-to offer for home and business broadband. McElfresh emphasized that 5G and fiber are AT&T's...

Telia inks renewable energy deals in Denmark and Estonia

Renewable energy is part of Telia's larger commitment to create a climate-neutral value chain by 2030 Telia Company signed two long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for renewable energy supplies with Better Energy in Denmark and with Eesti Energia in Estonia. The deal in Denmark stipulates...

China’s fourth mobile carrier launches 5G services

China Broadnet, previously known as China Broadcasting Network, had secured a 5G license in 2029 China Broadnet has become the fourth mobile operator in China to offer 5G services in the country, according to Chinese press reports. The new player’s cheapest monthly plan, at CNY118 ($17.60),...

Chunghwa Telecom upgrades 5G network with Ericsson’s radios

CHT is in process to upgrade mid-band 5G base stations in an estimated 2,000 sites in Taiwan Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), the largest telecoms company in Taiwan, has begun upgrading its installed Ericsson base of mid-band Massive MIMO radios, the latter said in a...

Rogers, Shaw may need to divest more mobile assets in merger: Report

Rogers and Shaw last week agreed to sell Freedom Mobile, the cellular business owned by Shaw, to Montreal-based Quebecor Canada's competition bureau is expected to ask Rogers Communications to sell Shaw Communications’ cellular unit Shaw Mobile to overcome competition concerns presented by the proposed merger...

Ericsson expects nearly 40 SA 5G networks globally by end-2022

Ericsson said that more than 20 5G SA networks were already operational globally by the end of 2021 The number of 5G Standalone (SA) networks at a global level could reach nearly 40 at the end of 2022, according to the latest edition of the...

Viasat to test 5G for advanced US Marine Corps operations

Viasat President: '5G has the potential to enhance the warfighter’s ability to produce and make sense of mission-critical data' Viasat has received a four-year research award from the Department of Defense (DoD) to run 5G experiments in support of the U.S. Marine Corps operations and...

5G to account for 40% of mobile lines in India by end-2027: Ericsson

The Government of India expects to award 5G frequencies during July 5G is projected to account for almost 40% of mobile subscriptions in India – 500 million – by the end of 2027, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. According to the Swedish vendor, even...

China reaches almost 900 million 5G subscribers at end-May

Operators in China recorded a net gain of 30.18 million 5G subscribers in May China ended May with a total of 899.3 million subscribers in the 5G segment, according to the carriers’ latest available figures. Chinese operators recorded a net gain of 30.18 million 5G subscribers...

5G to reach a penetration of 90% in North America in 2027: Ericsson

Ericsson noted that only around 20 carriers globally had already launched SA 5G networks by the end of 2021 5G subscription penetration in North America is forecasted to reach 90% in 2027, according to the latest edition of Ericsson Mobility Report. The report also predicts that...

Belgium’s 5G spectrum auction raises $1.26 billion

New entrants Citymesh Mobile and Network Research Belgium secured 5G frequencies in the process Belgium’s 5G spectrum auction raised a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.26 billion) from five bidders, according to the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT). In a release, BIPT stated...

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